Tuesday, November 24, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Maria Experiments with Stencils and Glitter and Paste

Hello again friends! Nice to be here with you this Thanksgiving week. You may remember this Spotlight where I experimented with stencils and glitter on adhesive sheets. Today I am experimenting with a stencil, some embossing paste and glitter. Here's what happened.

I gathered some pink, red and green Distress Inks and sponge daubers. I taped down my Oh My Stars stencil and sponged the colors onto cardstock.

I used my heat tool to dry the ink. Then I put the stencil down again and applied clear embossing paste over it. TIP: I applied the paste "row by row" to avoid smearing any ink colors, since the ink reactivates a bit when wet.

I removed the stencil carefully and sprinkled clear glitter over the wet embossing paste. Tapped off the excess.

The toughest step... let the panel dry.

While it was drying, I die cut a vellum star and silver heat embossed my sentiment from Holiday Sketches: Christmas Bells. TIP: I use a piece of cardboard wrapped in aluminum foil for heat embossing. I aim the heat gun at it while it's warming up and that heat warms the piece I am embossing from the reverse while I heat the front. Helps prevent the powder from blowing away when the hot air hits it.

Assemble the card. I considered using the entire panel as a card front, but then decided to cut it diagonally and make two cards. Here they are.

For the second card I used a light gray cardbase and a black heat embossed sentiment. I added a smaller die cut star (cut from white CS) behind the vellum heart. Hope you enjoyed today's twofer. Are you making your own Christmas cards this year? 


Stamps Maria used in today's project:


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  1. Cool technique -- and I think cutting the piece diagonally and only use part of it was a brilliant decision.
    Thanks for the tip about aluminum foil.

  2. Thank you for the tip for the clear embossing paste as it can re-active and spoil your work and for the tip on the aluminium foiled card and heat embossing. Both tips I will be using! Gorgeous cards, great techniques and getting two cards, a real winner x

  3. Oooh your shimmery sweet card somehow makes me think of candy!! It looks so sweet!

  4. I love all that colorful glitz! Nice job!!

  5. Yayy...I love that glitter on embossing paste!! So cool...I am keeping this one in mind...and both the cards look fabulous! :)
    Suchi xx

  6. Your cards always have such cool techniques...love 'em!

  7. The stars are really twinkling :). The cards are looking great with those shiny stars

  8. Oh what a fabulous pair of cards!! Thanks so much for the tip about the heat embossing with the foil covered 'tray'.
    Yes, I am mid-way through making my cards :-) - I mass produce my Christmas cards, the only time I do a mass production run.

  9. This is gorgeous! I love to sprinkle glitter over embossing paste!!! I never thought to have a colored image underneath it - great idea! I must try this soon!

  10. What a great way of using the stencil! Love the glitter!

  11. Awesome technique! Thank you for sharing it with us! And I love how you made two beautiful cards with one background! A great time saving tip we can all use this time of year!


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